This week in Winning Post

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This year's short-and-sharp Queensland carnival switches to Doomben this Saturday with six black-type races on the nine-race card.

Among them is the Fred Best Classic for three-year-olds, where the highly rated Dawn Passage will be chasing a hat-trick.

The Chairman's Handicap for the middle-distance gallopers, the Helen Coughlan for the female sprinters, the Pam O'Neill for the miler fillies, the Bill Carter for the juvenile fillies and the Hinkler Handicap for the open speedsters are the other features.

Meanwhile at Rosehill the stayers battle it out in the listed Lord Mayor's Cup.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for bet365 Geelong, Casino and Goulburn, as well as fields, colours and selections for Friday's other TAB meetings.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Caulfield in Melbourne, Rosehill in Sydney, Morphettville Parks in Adelaide, Doomben in Brisbane and Belmont in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Bendigo (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition) and Rockhampton (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post May 30 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
bet365 Geelong, Goulburn, Casino
Caulfield, Rosehill, Morphettville, Doomben, Bendigo (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition), Rockhampton (Queensland edition)
Sportsbet-Ballarat, Tamworth, Murwillumbah, Toowoomba
How should the 2020 spring carnivals be scheduled?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R7 N15 Ilwendo
Caulfield Saturday - R4 N5 Charleise
Caulfield Saturday - R6 N5 Tavisan
Doomben Saturday - R8 N1 The Odyssey
Doomben Saturday - R9 N7 Ready to Prophet
Letter of the Week

Winner, winner

Having recently reached my ninth decade, and the first in whih I have not been a regular racing attendee, I can reflect on the folly of following so-called betting systems.
Such are constructed backwards: which is to say, that after a set of race results is known, commonalities are found in the preceding form, breeding, courses, track conditions, weights and/or riders. Then a betting system comes to fruition and is flogged.
Betting systems are well named: money is lost quite systematically.
In my so-far 80 years, I am aware of only one winning system at the races.
It involved a group of three very regular racegoers, back when meetings were fewer and big crowds attended. One of three had the benefit of a minor spoil in the form of an entry pass and luncheon ticket, hard-earned by significant betting turnover.
The Three Musketeers as a moniker for this group would be drawing too long a bow, The Three Mouseketeers too trivial for their appetites, so I am left with The Three Muscateers, for their taste in tipple.
When they went together to the various luncheons, the holder of the voucher after a time felt the guilts for the largesse lavished upon him and not his mates.
Ans so he hatched a plan to put the pass in the pot, to be divvied up so that one freebie and two paid-for luncheons at $12-per would total $24, and have each of the Muscateers pay $8. 
This equitable course was undertaken, but after another little time and on a busy cup day at Moe, the legit ticketholder was leading the Muscateers in the queue for lunch while idly clicking in and out a multi-coloured Biro of a type then relatively new.
Clicking blue then red then black and coming to green — of a colour favoured by auditors — inspiration and perspiration coincided fortuitously. Plucking from his hat the aforementioned voucher, with his now-green pen he endorsed the ticket as follows: “THREE (3) ONLY”.
On reaching the cash register, and leading his orphanage-appetite Muscateer mates, he presented the amended voucher and, leaning over to the Keeper of the Till he asked in a suitably conspiratorial tone if – just this once — the treasured ticket could feed four.
“Oh, no, no no!”was the cashier’s cry. “There it is, plain as the nose on your face, three only!”
“I quite understand. You are just doing your job, and I commend you for you conscientiousness,” came the voucher vagabond’s reply.
Magnanimity of this magnitude is a rare quality.
Over many years of its operation this winning racing system would, three, four or perhaps even five times in a good year, see a fourth person in a luncheon queue — and a total stranger to the Muscateers — fed and watered free.

John Nott
Rutherglen (Vic)
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Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: